“We’re the only group of our kind in the NFL, so that makes us special right there,” said Mitzy Graybeal, the Red Coater Head Captain. “We’re all such avid Chiefs’ fans and every one of us loves giving back to the community – that’s what we do. We get excited to do things and we always want to do more. We’re all about the spirit of community and we have a lot of pride in that.”
The play might look familiar to Madden players who run the Chiefs’ playbook, or really any playbook with more than just a few shotgun sets. It’s similar in nature to that of a similar call: Dagger, which comes out of what is almost the same formation (the alignment of the running back is the only difference) and calls for a deep square in and inside crosser. The lone difference in the actual play: Hill’s position runs a go route instead of the deep post corner he runs in Wasp.
In fact, there isn’t a play with this type of combination in Madden, which is why the game’s developers had to add it in after Super Bowl LIV. As usual with sports simulation video games, the art is imitating life. And life sure was beautiful on Sunday for the Chiefs.
At “NFL Honors” on Saturday night, Lamar Jackson became the second unanimous MVP in NFL history, while Kyler Murray surprisingly ran away with the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. One night later, Patrick Mahomes was named Super Bowl LIV MVP.
The prototype for NFL quarterbacks has been changing in recent years, but those two nights really cemented the transition. Now it’s time for the football world to acknowledge — and embrace — the new landscape of the position.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Patrick Queen LB
LSU • Jr • 6’1” / 227 lbs
The Chiefs have to focus on retaining key players on defense this offseason, but one place where they could stand to improve is at linebacker. Queen has all the tools to succeed at the linebacker position and is capable of playing on all three downs.
Kevin Patra of NFL.com called Mahomes signing a deal with the Chiefs prior to the 2020 season “the most likely scenario” even though he is not scheduled for unrestricted free agency until 2022.
Patra also suggested the reigning Super Bowl MVP will “leapfrog” Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s league-leading mark of $35 million per year.
Dez Bryant’s exclusive interview with CowboysSI.com in which he expressed his desire to return to the NFL via his former team, the Dallas Cowboys, was conducted on the league “Championship Game Weekend,’’ which of course featured the eventual Super Bowl LIV champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Soon, the plan is for the comeback bid by Bryant, the Cowboys’ all-time leader in receiving TDs, to be aided by the star of the Chiefs, Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes.
”Yes,’’ Bryant told CowboysSI.com, with a nod to the East Texas roots he (from Lufkin) shares with Mahomes (from Whitehouse). “We’re going to get together later in the spring.’’
Around the NFL
Marquette King, P, St. Louis Battlehawks
King might not get much work in with the way the XFL has disincentivized punting, but he’s another ex-NFL name in the XFL, and has a big personality. King is the only player in the XFL who earned All-Pro status in the NFL. He was voted a second-team All-Pro in 2016. And then, in 2018, new Raiders head coach Jon Gruden cut him.
Though the Dallas Cowboys have publicly stated that Tom Brady is not a player of interest amid the ongoing contract discussions with Dak Prescott, many aren’t buying it.
Speaking about that very topic Friday on WEEI’s “Dale & Keefe,” NFL Network’s Michael Irvin, who remains very plugged in with his former team, shared a shocking conversation he had with “very significant people.”
Essentially, the people he was speaking with thought the Cowboys could use the franchise tag on Prescott, trade him afterward and then sign Tom Brady.
A way to increase revenue is adding another game and possibly another two playoff teams. More games = higher TV rights deals and more money for all.
Of course, the owners would get more money than the players. Currently, they are proposing moving the players’ cut from 47 percent to 48.5 percent. While that is an increase, I’m not sure it’s enough for the added risk on the players’ bodies. We are partners in this game and should have a 50-50 cut in the profits.
But whether or not I like the revenue split, it appears 17 games is going to happen. When the number of games does increase, another bye week will be added. In addition, the roster size needs to increase from 53 to 58.
With an additional game and two extra weeks, plus another round of playoffs, you need more bodies. The gameday roster is set at 46, and I’d increase that to near 50 as well. Lastly, the NFL needs another IR to return spot.
The 31-year-old Celek is the younger brother of former Eagles standout Brent Celek. It was a newsworthy day for the Celeks, as Brent was announced to be taking a job as a personnel consultant with Philadelphia.
During the 49ers’ run to Super Bowl LIV, Celek played just five games as he went on injured reserve due to a back injury.
For his career, Celek posted 82 receptions for 1,104 yards and 12 touchdowns.
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
That was until I got back to the hostel and read the following message from 810 WHB.
“Congratulations Tom, you are the winner of two tickets to the Super Bowl! Please give me a call ASAP confirming that you wish to accept the tickets and that you are in Miami.”
My response? “ WHAT! REALLY? YES! ARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHH.”
It’s tough to describe the emotion of how I felt when I read the message but to put into perspective, I can only think of three examples of when I have been happier:
The birth of my two sons and Aaron Ramsey’s winner in the 2014 FA Cup Final.
What the Chiefs are saying
After the Chiefs’ AFC title game, general manager Brett Veach called Watkins “super talented.” Watkins led the Chiefs with 114 yards in the game.
”We’ve just got a lot of weapons and when you are aggressive in the offseason and you make moves, you don’t make moves to make the playoffs,” said Veach. “We’ve been a playoff team for years. Since we’ve got here, we’ve been in the playoffs every year. You make moves like that to put you over the top. Certainly without Sammy’s performance today who knows how this game would have turned out? Sammy was big... He is around a lot of talent so sometimes he can’t show exactly what he can do but he is a super talented player and he’s a big factor in why we won tonight.”
Follow Arrowhead Pride on Social Media
Facebook Page: Click here to like our page
AP Instagram: Follow @ArrowheadPride
AP Twitter: Follow @ArrowheadPride
AP Editor-in-Chief: Pete Sweeney: Follow @pgsween
610 Sports Twitter: Follow @610SportsKC